Morning Time

A place for to compile all our resources for what I call "Morning Time."  Morning Time being the time in the morning when we feed and water our heart and soul.  They are the Ambleside "extras" that can often get neglected for the workbooks and other more academic assignments, but they are things which will be most memorable.

I am borrowing this term from Cindy Rollins who inspired me with her talk that I downloaded from the Circe Institute website.

"The power of poetry is noble.  It fills the hearts with tender feelings; it writes high thoughts in our memory; it makes the eye sparkle with desire to do things that are fair and just.  The poet is a friend who teaches us concerning all beautiful things - sunsets, sea, blue sky, and the dreams in the minds of heroes."
                                        ~ F. J. Gould in The Children's Plutarch

Ambleside Selections Term 1 2013/2014

Memorize selected pasages in Ephesians

Grace - Oxford Book of English Verse
Aiden -Rudyard Kipling
Naomi - William Blake
Asher - A.A. Milne and Favorite Poems Old and New

Poetry Memorization
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization (as many as we can get through)
         Sonnet 43  by Elizabeth Barret Browning
         God and the Soldier  author unknown
         Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

                                                                  Folk Songs

September: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (tune is from Haydn's Emperor String Quartet)
October: There Is a Happy Land
November: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
December: How Great Thou Art

Composer Study

2013-2014 TERM 1 Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809; Classical)
   1. String Quartet Op 76 no 3 "Emperor" OR String Quartet Op 76 no 4 "Sunrise"
   2, 3. London Symphony no 104 (4 weeks)
   4, 5. The Creation (4 weeks)
   6. a horn concerto
         (Purchase Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant by Opal Wheeler)

My goal is for the children to be able to identify all three terms artists, the names of their paintings and the time period in which that artist painted.

2013-2014 TERM 1 John Singleton Copley (American, 1738-1815) (This term's composer: Haydn)
   1. Paul Revere, 1768-70
   2. Watson and the Shark, 1778 (Graphic depiction of a real event) OR The Copley Family, 1776-7 (for more sensitive students)
   3. The Death of the Earl of Chatham, 1779-81
   4. The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782, 1783-91
   5. The Red Cross Knight, 1793 (Lynn Bruce's study notes)
   6. Saul Reproved by Samuel for Not Obeying the Commandments of the Lord, 1798
         Further Interest: The Nativity, 1777

Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
Children's audio version HERE
Movie HERE (need to preview before showing kids)
SparksNotes  HERE
Plutarch - (work through book)
Plutarch children's version HERE

Read Aloud

Nature Study Journals and Sketching
Free choice


  1. Very ambitious...I especially liked watching the conductor in Debussy's La Mer! tee, hee

  2. I know! Was he goofy looking, or what!? Nothing like a good goofy looking director to keep the kids' attention though.


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